Thursday, November 5, 2015

PA Ed Policy Roundup Nov 5: Choice for choice sake: For 3rd year in a row, no PA cyber achieved a passing score of 70 on SPP; most never made AYP

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PA Ed Policy Roundup November 5, 2015:
Choice for choice sake: For 3rd year in a row, no PA cyber achieved a passing score of 70 on SPP; most never made AYP



Contact your legislator now!  Demand your state legislator and Governor Wolf take action to resolve the budget stalemate now and provide adequate state funding to our public schools.
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In Philly to back port development, Wolf addresses hardships of budget stalemate
WHYY Newsworks BY AARON MOSELLE NOVEMBER 4, 2015
Pennsylvania's four-month budget impasse is inching toward state history as lawmakers continue to duke it out in Harrisburg.  Following a Wednesday morning press conference at the Port of Philadelphia, Gov. Tom Wolf apologized to those doing without paychecks or services because of the stalemate. But he also reiterated his desire to find a long-term solution that includes more funding for public education and a "reasonable" severance tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling.  "I want those good things. And if we get them not just today, for this week or next week, but for the entire budget year -- and budgets moving forward -- that's going to be a really good thing for the folks who are going through a hardship now," said Wolf a day after Philadelphia elected its next mayor.  Social service agencies that run on state funding have had to lay people off or cut their pay.  School districts have borrowed hundreds of millions of dollars and at least two domestic violence shelters are no longer accepting new arrivals.
Experts say it could be weeks before a new spending plan is in place.

Sturla, Cutler share optimism for state budget compromise
Lancaster Online by Sam Janesch Staff Writer November 4, 2015
While Harrisburg remains divided on a 128-day-late state budget, two party leaders say they're optimistic.  House Democratic Policy Chairman Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and House Majority Whip Rep. Bryan Cutler, R-Peach Bottom, are Lancaster County's only representatives within their respective party's leadership teams.  Despite their ideological differences, they visited with LNP's editorial board on Wednesday to talk about the ongoing budget negotiations and the components of a hopeful agreement.  Here is a condensed version of the nearly 80-minute conversation, which can be viewed in full here.

Scranton School District to borrow $14.3 million because of impasse
Timesd Tribune BY SARAH HOFIUS HALL Published: November 5, 2015
Without a state budget, the Scranton School District will borrow $14.3 million just to keep paying its employees.  Meanwhile, millions in bills will remain past due.
At a special meeting Wednesday night, the school board approved the $14.3 million tax anticipation note and voted to file a petition with the court to take on as much as $32 million in unfunded debt to pay off that note, as well as a tax anticipation note issued earlier in the year.  The district is the latest in the region to borrow money to keep students in the classroom. With the state in its fifth month without a budget, area schools have not received state funding since June. But with Scranton one of only two districts in the state operating on a calendar-year budget, the funding situation is even more difficult.  Not only will passing a balanced 2016 budget be difficult next month, school districts are required to pay off tax anticipation notes within the year they were incurred. At the beginning of the year, the district borrowed $18.5 million to provide revenue before cash flow began. Without state funding, the district has been unable to pay the note back.

For Gov. Tom Wolf, Tuesday's election was a tale of two Harrisburgs: Analysis
Penn Live By John L. Micek | jmicek@pennlive.com  Email the author | Follow on Twitter  on November 04, 2015 at 4:11 PM, updated November 04, 2015 at 6:51 PM
These are some interesting times for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.  Defying national trends that saw liberals get their hats handed to them from sea to shining, etc. on Tuesday, Wolf's party romped to victory in a historic and insanely expensive state Supreme Court contest whose results will have years-long implications.   On the other hand, state Republicans flipped a key Senate seat in Pittsburgh's southern and western suburbs, expanding their advantage to 31-19 in the 50-member chamber, and putting them on a potential path to a 34-seat, veto-proof majority heading into the 2016 campaign.  Then there's the small matter of Pennsylvania's budget stalemate, which is now five months old -- though it really seems endless.

What does the changing Pa. Supreme Court mean for education funding, charter schools?
WHYY Newsworks BY KEVIN MCCORRY NOVEMBER 4, 2015
The results of Tuesday's Pennsylvania Supreme Court election could have wide-ranging implications for a number of high-profile cases related to education issues in Pennsylvania.
Three Democrats swept the open seats on the state's highest court – shifting the balance of power 5-to-2 in their favor when they assume the bench in January.  Superior Court Judge Christine Donohue, 62, of Pittsburgh; Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Kevin Dougherty, 53; and Superior Court Judge David Wecht, 55, of Pittsburgh edged out their Republican opponents and one independent.  Traditional public education advocates closely followed the race, anticipating that a shake-up in favor of the Democrats could mean rulings favorable to their interests.  The biggest education-related case the new court is expected to hear will be one brought by the Education Law Center and the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia that asserts that the legislative and executive branches of state government have failed to deliver "a thorough and efficient" education to all children, as promised in Pennsylvania's Constitution.

Dougherty, Dems sweep Pa. Supreme Court race
JOHN BAER, DAILY NEWS POLITICAL COLUMNIST November 4, 2015, 12:16 AM
AND SO from the ashes of yet another nobody knows/nobody cares statewide judicial election come results open to interpretation about state politics and the state's political future.  Three Democrats with strong union backing, including Philly Judge Kevin Dougherty, swept three open seats on the state's highest (and sometimes highly embarrassed) court.  Their win in what national court-watchers call the most expensive state Supreme Court race in U.S. history, topping $15 million, gives Democrats majority control of the seven-member court beginning in January. So, are Democrats and unions clawing back?  Is the stage now set for long-term Democratic gains in Harrisburg?  Or is it simply that judicial politics, like the rest of politics, is mostly about the money?

Impact of Pa. Supreme Court election will be 'felt for the next 20 years'
Penn Live By Wallace McKelvey | WMckelvey@pennlive.com  Email the author | Follow on Twitter  on November 04, 2015 at 8:24 PM, updated November 04, 2015 at 10:55 PM
Tuesday's election of three Democrats to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court could have far-reaching impacts on state policy, politics and campaign fundraising.  "You'll be feeling the ramifications for the next 20 years," said Bob Asher, GOP national committeeman and chair of a prominent political action committee.  Elections in non-presidential years tend to favor Republicans, but experts say the Democrats leveraged record fundraising in order to upturn the political makeup of the Republican-controlled court. Of $15.8 million raised by the seven candidates, nearly $9 million went to the three Democrats.  Why does it matter?  As the state's highest appellate court, Supreme Court decisions impact all residents and set precedents that ripple out across the judicial system. It will likely play a key role, as it has for decades, in the next redistricting process after the 2020 Census, which in turn could shift the balance of power in the Legislature.  "I'm not going to say the courts are corrupt, but they tend to favor the like-minded party," said Asher, who pointed to issues as diverse as government collection of union dues and school funding formulas that could be decided by the new 5-2 majority.

Poll finds voters still want new tax on gas drillers
State Impact BY MARIE CUSICK NOVEMBER 4, 2015 | 3:20 PM
F&M's public opinion polls show consistent public support for a gas severance tax.
The latest public opinion poll from Franklin and Marshall College shows solid public support for a new tax on the state’s natural gas drillers. But the levy remains one of the hot topics that continue to stall state budget negotiations in HarrisburgAs the budget impasse drags on into its fourth month, F&M pollster Terry Madonna thinks enacting a new tax on the gas industry would be a natural compromise between the Republican-led legislature and Democratic Governor Tom Wolf to raise new revenue for the state.  Madonna says in the three years he’s been polling on the issue, it’s clear Pennsylvanians want a tax on drillers. His latest survey shows 67 percent support.  “I would expect to a severance tax as part the [budget] final package,” he says. “Maybe not a five percent tax, but something smaller. I would also expect to see the impact fee kept, because of the monies that brings.”

"It may seem hard to believe, but until fairly recently in our history, the main purpose of public education was preparing the next generation for the responsibilities of citizenship. In fact, initially citizenship was the entire point of a public education. When, in the 1740s, Ben Franklin first proposed the creation of public schools in Pennsylvania, it was to the end of “creating citizens who could make wise political decisions.”
Their view: Teach students about citizenship
Centre Daily Times Opinion BY DAVID HUTCHINSON November 4, 2015 
David Hutchinson is a member of the State College Area school board and chairman of the Public Issues Forum of Centre County. He wrote this as a citizen.
It may seem hard to believe, but until fairly recently in our history, the main purpose of public education was preparing the next generation for the responsibilities of citizenship. In fact, initially citizenship was the entire point of a public education. When, in the 1740s, Ben Franklin first proposed the creation of public schools in Pennsylvania, it was to the end of “creating citizens who could make wise political decisions.”  For many years, citizenship education was prominently acknowledged as a core part of the State College Area School District’s mission. “A responsible and involved citizen” was listed at the very top of the aspirational “10 Characteristics of a State High Graduate.” That list, by the way, also included attributes such as respect for self and others, personal financial acumen, environmental stewardship, participation in the arts and competence with technology. In other words, a well-rounded person.  But in recent years, the national conversation on education has focused almost entirely on preparing students for success in the workforce. While that is important, the ability to make a living at something one enjoys is only one component of being a successful citizen. In fact, the core skills of citizenship — the ability to think critically, to communicate clearly and to collaborate with others — are precisely the skills most sought after by employers in the modern economy.

Schools see overall drop in statewide performance scores
By Clarece Polke / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette November 5, 2015 12:00 AM
School districts statewide saw a slight downward trend in School Performance Profile scores released Wednesday.  But only high schools were included in the third year of the state-mandated school assessments, with the focus shifting to end-of-course Keystone exams for secondary students.  Schools that administered the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests for students in grades 3-8 were excluded from the profile scores. This was the first year the PSSA was administered with new, more stringent academic standards, causing a significant drop in test scores for elementary and intermediate students. As a result, the state Department of Education decided, those schools were not given SPP scores.  The SPP scores, which grade individual schools on a scale of 100, are largely based on student performance on standardized tests and the amount of growth students showed during the 2014-15 school year. Other factors include graduation rates, participation in Advanced Placement courses and attendance.

Pa. high schools get their grades
State releases School Performance Profiles.
the notebook By David Limm on Nov 4, 2015 05:06 PM
High schools received their grades Wednesday as the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) released the School Performance Profile scores that it uses to rate schools, along with results on the Keystone Exams.  The state's school accountability system provides a snapshot of student achievement and growth that takes into account numerous measures, with most of the weight going to standardized test scores.  Statewide, proficiency rates on the math and English Keystones remained flat from last year. But overall school ratings dipped across the state, said Matt Stem, deputy secretary for elementary and secondary education.  “The overall trend is slightly downward," he said. "There are a number of schools that improved their SPP scores year after year.” But a larger number had decreases, he said.  Only those schools with an 11th grade -- the year students' Keystone results are counted --  received scores for the 2014-15 school year. Schools that only administered the PSSAs, which are given in elementary and middle grades, did not receive an SPP score.

Beaver County high schools trend upward in Pa. School Performance Profile ratings with Blackhawk ranking on top
Beaver County Times Online By Katherine Schaeffer kschaeffer@timesonline.com Nov. 5, 2015
More than half of Beaver County high schools improved state School Performance Profile ratings for the 2014-15 school year, bucking a statewide trend.  SPPs across the state trended “slightly downward,” said Matt Stem, the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s deputy secretary for elementary and secondary education.  The Pennsylvania Department of Education releases SPPs annually, usually for every school where a state test is administered. Scores are calculated using a formula that takes a variety of quantitative factors including standardized test scores, attendance and graduation rates into account.  Schools' scores on standardized tests, either the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment for grades three through eight, or the 11th-graders' performance on the Keystone, are weighted most. Keystones are end-of-course exams high schools students take in algebra I, literature and biology.

"No cyber school reached 70. At the top of the list, 21st Century Cyber scored a 69.2, an improvement of 3.2 points. Esperanza Cyber's score of 31.7, a 16-point drop, ranked lowest among 13 schools that took the high school-level Keystone exam."
Montco school No. 1 in Pa.; others drop
KATHY BOCCELLA AND DYLAN PURCELL, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS LAST UPDATED: Thursday, November 5, 2015, 1:08 AM Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 6:22 PM
James Crisfield knew that Wissahickon High School scored very well on the latest School Performance Profile, but on Wednesday, the superintendent was surprised to learn that the school was No. 1 in Pennsylvania.  While Crisfield called it "a nice honor," he said the 101.8 SPP score, weighted heavily by standardized tests, isn't necessarily the best indicator of student achievement.  Lynne Blair, principal at the Montgomery County school, was more enthusiastic.  "It is very exciting!" she wrote in an email. "I am extraordinarily proud of the efforts of the WHS staff and students. It takes a lot of work to bring about such impressive success."

York County schools see performance scores decline
York Daily Record by Angie Mason, amason@ydr.com6:30 p.m. EST November 4, 2015
Most York County high schools saw their scores drop on the 2015 School Performance Profile, a system of measuring school progress based mostly on standardized test results.  The Pennsylvania Department of Education released School Performance Profile (SPP) scores for high schools around the state Wednesday, as well as scores on the Keystone exams. SPP scores trended slightly downward around the state, though some schools improved, said Matt Stem, the state's deputy secretary for elementary and secondary education.

Performance scores decline in most Lancaster County high schools
Lancaster Online by Kara Newhouse Staff Writer November 4, 2015
Only a handful of local high schools will be celebrating the state ratings they received this week.  The state Department of Education on Wednesday released 2014-2015 performance scores for all Pennsylvania high schools. In Lancaster County, scores dropped for 15 of 19 high schools, compared with 2013-14 results.  That mirrors a "slightly downward" trend statewide, according to a state official.  The School Performance Profiles give a rating from 0 to 100, primarily based on standardized test scores. Other factors, such as attendance and graduation rates, also are included. The state does not have a target number for which schools are doing well and which aren't, an official said Wednesday.  The profiles, which were first issued in 2013, are normally given to all schools, but this year elementary and middle schools won't get a score. The one-year break came after changes to PSSAs — standardized tests for grades three to eight — resulted in sharp score drops statewide.  High school profiles rely on student scores from Keystone Exams, which didn't change this year.

Report card for state's high schools show overall decline
Penn Live By Jan Murphy | jmurphy@pennlive.com  Email the author | Follow on Twitter on November 04, 2015 at 6:02 PM, updated November 04, 2015 at 6:03 PM
The report cards for Pennsylvania school buildings with 11th grade were released on Wednesday and provided many schools across the state with no reason to throw a celebratory pizza party.  Overall, department officials the academic performance scores for 2014-15 went down, but were not readily able to say by how much.  But looking just at the eight midstate counties, that trend bore out. More than half of the 58 schools with 11th grade saw their academic score decline, while only 15 saw improvement.  Statewide, 53 percent of schools with 11th grade achieved an academic score of 70 or better, which the former Gov. Tom Corbett administration considered as representing a passing score.

School report cards have some benefit for school districts, though they are far from perfect
Penn Live By Rachel Bunn | rbunn@pennlive.com  Email the author | Follow on Twitter  on November 04, 2015 at 4:29 PM, updated November 04, 2015 at 6:49 PM
When it comes to the Pennsylvania School Performance Profiles, local schools that saw grades improve are few and far between, though school officials were divided over the grading system itself.  
In AdamsCumberlandDauphinFranklin,LebanonLancasterPerry and York counties, 15 high schools saw scores improve in the 2014-2015 school year over the previous year.  But for the nearly 60 other high schools in the area, the profile scores saw either a decline or little to no change in the letter grades.

46 laid off at Inquirer, Daily News, Philly.com
WHYY Newsworks DAVE DAVIES OFF MIC  A BLOG BY DAVE DAVIES NOVEMBER 4, 2015
Nearly 50 journalists at the Philadelphia Daily News, Inquirer and Philly.com got pink slips today, as the company downsizes to save money.  Dana DiFilippo, a 16-year veteran of the Daily News who's done breaking news, investigative stories, and won awards, was stunned when she was summoned to editor Michael Days' office and told she's gone.  "I didn't even stay to sign off my computer," DiFilippo said. "I just left. It's really not fun to have to have to hug people that you've worked together so long with goodbye."  Howard Gensler, president of the Newspaper Guild Local 10, said the 46 layoffs aren't apportioned equally among the companies properties.  The Inquirer, which has the biggest staff, is losing 12 jobs, while 17 are gone from the Daily News, and another 17 from Philly.com.

"What is the secret sauce? There are many elements: deliberately designed, coherent coursework linked to classroom practice; a dedicated faculty who model strong pedagogical practices; and committed cooperating teachers and university supervisors. But what may be the most critical element is the engagement of candidates in a full year of student teaching consisting of a summer school led by expert teachers and continued mentoring through the full academic year. The cooperating educators who work with student teachers—like many well-prepared and experienced professionals in Bay Area schools, have made a commitment to teach all students equitably and well."
The secret sauce: the right way to teach the teachers
Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss November 4 at 11:00 AM  
Teacher preparation has become one of the most contentious areas in the modern school reform area, with traditional schools of education under attack (in some cases, for good reason), and alternative programs becoming popular with school reformers (in some cases, with inadequate instruction). Here’s a piece on the right way to teach the teachers, by the renowned education expert Linda Darling-Hammond, who knows as much about the subject as anyone.  Darling-Hammond is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University and faculty director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. She is the founding director and a member of the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future, a former president of the American Educational Research Association, and an adviser to President Obama on education issues during the transition between Obama’s 2008 election and 2009 inauguration. (Many public education advocates had hoped she would become secretary of education, but Obama went with Arne Duncan.)  Darling-Hammond recently founded a new national education think tank – the Learning Policy Institute – with a mission to conduct high-quality research that can inform policy.

Study: Most states link student learning to teacher reviews
Inquirer by JENNIFER C. KERR, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS POSTED: Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 4:29 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The vast majority of states now require that teachers be evaluated, at least in part, on student test scores - up sharply from six years ago. And in many states, those performance reviews could lead to a pink slip.  The comprehensive state-by-state analysis released Wednesday by the National Council on Teacher Quality shows 42 states and the District of Columbia have policies on the books requiring that student growth and achievement be considered in evaluations for public school teachers. In 2009, only 15 states linked scores to teacher reviews.  In 28 states, teachers with "ineffective ratings are eligible for dismissal," said the report by the Washington-based think tank.  A majority of states adopted performance-based teacher evaluations as part of the Obama administration's Race to the Top initiative, which has awarded $4 billion in grant money to states that promised reforms such as linking test scores to teacher reviews and adopting higher academic standards such as Common Core.

"Mr. Schleicher doesn’t quite agree. Comparing the United States with other countries, he notes, allows researchers to identify particularly egregious deficits of American education.  There’s the wide disparity in resources devoted to education, which flows naturally from a system of school finance based on local property taxes. There’s the informal tracking that happens when smart children are grouped separately in gifted and talented classes while the less able are held back a year.  Teachers are paid poorly, compared to those working in other occupations. And the best of them are not deployed to the most challenging schools."
School vs. Society in America’s Failing Students
New York Times by Eduardo Porter NOV. 3, 2015
Here’s the good news: American schools may not be as bad as we have been led to believe.
Ah, but here’s the bad news: The rest of American society is failing its disadvantaged citizens even more than we realize. The question is, Should educators be responsible for fixing this?  The perennial debate about the state of public education starts with a single, seemingly unassailable fact. American students sorely lag their peers in other rich nations and even measure up poorly compared with students in some less advanced countries.

Key Spending Provision in House ESEA Bill's Cross Hairs
'Maintenance of effort' a facet of law from start
Education Week By Andrew Ujifusa Published Online: November 3, 2015
Ever since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act into law in 1965, education funding advocates have relied on a highly technical provision they see as a safeguard for ensuring money earmarked for the nation's most disadvantaged students is used as originally intended.  As congressional lawmakers continue to negotiate a final bill for the latest reauthorization of the ESEA, those advocates now have cause to be nervous.  What's known as the "maintenance of effort" provision requires that districts spend in their current fiscal year at least 90 percent of what they spent in state and district funds in the previous fiscal year, in order to get at least that much money again under various federal programs, including Title I grant money for low-income students. Otherwise, their federal funding for those programs is reduced proportionately.  But under the bill to reauthorize ESEA approved by the House of Representatives earlier this year, that maintenance-of-effort requirement would be eliminated.


Register for PSBA Budget Action Day on Monday, Nov. 16 — Join us!
Capitol Building, Harrisburg NOV 16, 2015 • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
For more than four months Pennsylvanians have gone without a state budget, and school districts are feeling the pain.  As the budget stalemate continues, many school districts across the state are depleting savings or borrowing to meet expenses. In addition to loan interest payments and fees, schools are taking many other steps to curtail spending and keep school doors open.
PSBA is asking you to join us at the Harrisburg Capitol on Monday, Nov. 16 to take action. Let our legislators know that a state budget is critical to the education of our public school children in Pennsylvania.  Budget Action Day, Capitol Building, Harrisburg, PA; Monday, Nov. 16, 2015; 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Meet at 9 a.m. in the Majority Caucus Room, Room 140, to hear from legislators on top issues that are affecting the budget stalemate and receive packets for your legislative visits. 

WESA Public Forum: Equitable Education Funding Nov. 9, 7 pm  Pittsburgh
WESA By EBAISLEY  October 27, 2015
Governor Tom Wolfe has proposed spending 6.1 billion dollars on basic education, yet Pennsylvania is one of just three states that does not use a formula to distribute funding to local school districts. What is the best and most equitable way to allocate state education funding? How can educators and lawmakers ensure a fair education for all students?
90.5 WESA will convene a "Life of Learning" community forum November 9 at the Community Broadcast Center on the south side.  to discuss the Basic Education Funding Commission’s proposed funding formula as well as strategies used in the state’s history.  Doors open at 6:30; forum starts at 7. It will be recorded for later broadcast. The event is free, but space is limited; registration is recommended.Register online to attend.
Panelists include State Senator Jay Costa, member of the Basic Education Funding Commission; Ron Cowell, President of the Education Policy and Leadership Center;  Linda Croushore, Executive Director of the Consortium for Public Education; and Eric Montarti, Senior Policy Analyst for the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy; and Linda Lane, superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools. 90.5 WESA’s Larkin Page-Jacobs will moderate.
WHAT: Community Forum on Equitable Education Funding
WHEN: November 9, 2015, 7 PM
WHERE: Community Broadcast Center, 67 Bedford Square, Pittsburgh PA 15203
COST: Free. Register to attend.

Register now for the 2015 PASCD 65th Annual Conference, Leading and Achieving in an Interconnected World, to be held November 15-17, 2015 at Pittsburgh Monroeville Convention Center.
The Conference will Feature Keynote Speakers: Meenoo Rami – Teacher and Author “Thrive: 5 Ways to (Re)Invigorate Your Teaching,”  Mr. Pedro Rivera, Pennsylvania Secretary of Education, Heidi Hayes-Jacobs – Founder and President of Curriculum Design, Inc. and David Griffith – ASCD Senior Director of Public Policy.  This annual conference features small group sessions focused on: Curriculum and Supervision, Personalized and Individualized Learning, Innovation, and Blended and Online Learning. The PASCD Conference is a great opportunity to stay connected to the latest approaches for innovative change in your school or district.  Join us forPASCD 2015!  Online registration is available by visiting www.pascd.org <http://www.pascd.org/>

NSBA Advocacy Institute 2016; January 24 - 26 in Washington, D.C.
Housing and meeting registration is open for Advocacy Institute 2016.  The theme, “Election Year Politics & Public Schools,” celebrates the exciting year ahead for school board advocacy.  Strong legislative programming will be paramount at this year’s conference in January.  Visit www.nsba.org/advocacyinstitute for more information.

PASBO 61st Annual Conference and Exhibits March 8 - 11, 2016
Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania

Interested in letting our elected leadership know your thoughts on education funding, a severance tax, property taxes and the budget?
Governor Tom Wolf, (717) 787-2500

Speaker of the House Rep. Mike Turzai, (717) 772-9943
House Majority Leader Rep. Dave Reed, (717) 705-7173
Senate President Pro Tempore Sen. Joe Scarnati, (717) 787-7084
Senate Majority Leader Sen. Jake Corman, (717) 787-1377

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